Category: Published Opinions

United Ag sponsored a Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) update presentation in Santa Maria of its lawsuit against the CARB auction of carbon dioxide “emission allowances” for billions of dollars. A quarterly sealed bid auction is being conducted for an increasingly…

Santa Barbara County has been in a multi-year process to develop a Community Plan for the Gaviota Coast. The Plan encompasses 158 square miles (101,199 acres) located entirely within the rural area. The plan affects 94,267 acres (93.2%) of lands…

The challenge of meeting the energy demands of our society while balancing environmental and safety concerns is a complex and daunting task. The Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCCP) has often been at the center of the local energy debate. Information…

The Economic Alliance of Northern Santa Barbara County is a nonprofit organization committed to leveraging regional assets and talent to support existing chamber and other local economic development efforts. I am a co-chair of their Oil and Gas Sector Task…

Education is quite possibly the most important economic issue of our time. From school readiness and early grade reading proficiency to strategies for college and workforce success we, as a community, should lay down a marker challenging ourselves to develop…

The Economic Alliance of Northern Santa Barbara County, or EconAlliance, is a broad-based, non-partisan, non-governmental regional economic development alliance that evolved from the grass roots. It is also a mindset. EconAlliance embodies the notion, if not us, who? If not…

As the old saying goes “Necessity is the mother of invention”. On a daily basis we hear from news sources and politicians about our struggling economy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics state that unemployment in Santa Maria is 11.6%…